Rev. Dana Bainbridge
Dana followed the call to the Urban Sanctuary pastorate twelve years ago, after twenty years in ministry in Omaha, Nebraska. There she worked in hospital and hospice chaplaincy and in a progressive church invested in community organizing and social justice. Dana appreciates the level of spiritual intimacy and social justice engagement that happens in a small, active church like Urban Sanctuary. She finds the urban environment place where the city’s biggest challenges and most creative energies lie. In this ministry setting the church is most challenged to truly be a welcome place for everyone, especially around economic differences. During her years here she’s been involved as Co-Founder of Recovery Café San Jose, engaged in the PACT (People Acting in Community Together) Clergy Caucus and the Faith Leaders of American Leadership Forum. These days she divides her time equally as pastor and as the California Catalyst for the Recovery Café Network. Her way of renewing is to camp, hike, and bike around the beautiful Bay Area.
Office and Building Administrator
Felecia has worked at Urban Sanctuary since May 2017. She supports the pastor and maintains positive relations with and between all building users to balance the needs of each and to support the communities we serve. She oversees the daily operations of the building; safety and security, upgrades and maintenance, contractors, and logistics. Felecia currently lives with her husband and two sons. In her free time, she loves being out in nature, hiking, kayaking, sailing, and facilitating rites of passage for women.
Arts and Culture Organizer for our Center for Spirituality, Arts and Activism
Venus is a poet, educator, and social justice advocate. She speaks passionately and poetically about social justice issues and deeply connects with the pillars of our emerging Center – spirituality, arts and activism. She is author of several volumes of poetry including She Rose and Lyrics for Langston. Venus is eager to learn more about community organizing and to work with us to develop new leaders and deeper social justice collaborations at the Center.
One of her favorite quotes is by Alice Walker – “The most common way people give up their power is by believing they don’t have any.”